August 21, 2018

GHSA Class AA State Softball Tournament Preview: Lady Braves vs. Bacon Co.

Heard Co. Lady Braves vs. Bacon Co.

Region Champs 1WHAT: GHSA State Championship Tournament featuring the top 8 teams from each Classification in Georgia vying for 8 State Titles

WHEN: Thursday-Saturday (October 27-29)

GAME TIMES: First game vs. the Bacon County Raiders @ 2:00 PM on Thursday, Oct. 29 (Field #1)

WHERE: South Commons Softball Complex

ADDRESS: 400 4th St., Columbus, GA  31901 (Directions)

RECORDS: Lady Braves (23-11), Raiders (24-8)

SEEDINGS: Lady Braves #1 in Region 5-AA, Raiders #2 in Region 2-AA

HEAD COACHES: Lady Braves — Matt Hornsby, Raiders — Stephen Tyre

RANKINGS: Lady Braves (Ranked #4 by the AJC/Score Atlanta/#9 by MaxPreps), Raiders (Ranked #5 by the AJC/Score Atlanta/# 6 by MaxPreps)

STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Lady Braves 1 (2014), Raiders 0

BRACKET: Class AA State Tournament Bracket

HOW THEY GOT HERE: The Lady Braves won Region 5-AA and defeated Armuchee in Round One (1-2,14-6,3-1) and Bleckley County in Round Two (5-10, 10-9, 4-3). The Raiders finished second in Region 2-AA behind top ranked/undefeated Vidalia and defeated Jefferson Co. in Round One (19-0, 21-3) and Social Circle in Round Two (2-0, 8-7)

AT STAKE FOR THE WINNER: The winner of Heard Co./Bacon Co. will advance to play at 9:00 AM Friday morning (Field #2) vs. the winner of Vidalia (#1 Seed Region 2-AA) and Dodge Co. (#1 Seed Region 3-AA). The winner of that 9:00 AM match-up will advance to the winner’s bracket final Saturday morning at 9:00 AM on Field #3. The State Championship game is scheduled for 3:00 PM Saturday afternoon.

AT STAKE FOR THE LOSER: The loser of Heard-Bacon will still have a chance in the double elimination tournament but will face a difficult road to the title game needing to win loser’s bracket games at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM Friday as well as 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM on Saturday.

TOURNAMENT SERIES: The Lady Braves lead the state series 2-0

LAST MEETING: The Lady Braves defeated the Indians 8-0 in game one of the tourney in 2014.

LAST YEAR: Lady Braves lost Game #1 to Vidalia and won Game #2 vs. Harlem before falling to eventual State Champion Gordon Lee. Bacon County lost to Gordon Lee in round two of the playoffs.

COLORS: Lady Braves (Maroon and Gray), Raiders (Red, White, and Black)

SCHOOL WEBSITES: Bacon County High School , Heard County High School

ADMISSION: $10 at the gate each day. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at https://gofan.co/app/school/GHSA.

WEATHER: Mostly Cloudy Thursday and Sunny Friday-Saturday with high temperatures each day in the mid to upper 80’s and lows at night in the upper 50’s

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